11 Aug

lace for mom

Lace for Mom - a design by La Visch Designs

The moment I showed my mom the yarn I used in this scarf, she said: “You know this is soooo my color?!” No problem mom, this one is for you. The delicate lace is based on traditional Estonian stitch patterns, which, of course, include nupps. My mom wouldn’t have it any different! Instructions for both traditional and easy nupps are included.

This design in size S was originally published in Knotions Magazine. This pattern, however, not only contains instructions for the peaked border on one of the long sides as pictured but also for a wider symmetrical version (size L). The instructions for the shawl are provided both fully charted and written out.


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Difficulty level
This scarf is worked lengthwise and contains lace that is worked on the right side of the fabric only. Size L also requires grafting / Kitchener stitch. Stitches used include knit, purl, k2tog, skp, yo, a centered double decrease (sl2-k1-p2sso) and nupps. This pattern is suitable for the intermediate to advanced knitter.

Sizes and finished measurements
S (L) – finished dimensions: 29 (40) cm (11 ½ (15 ¾) inches) wide and 224 cm (88 ¼ inches) long, measured after blocking. Shawl pictured is size S.

Pattern details

  • Gauge: For the sample Lace for Mom shawl: 12.7 sts / 18.8 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over body pattern knit with smaller size needles, measured after blocking. Gauge is however not critical for this design.
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie)
  • Digital PDF has 4 pages (letter size)

Materials

  • Yarn: 402 (603) m (440 (660) yds) Malabrigo Yarn Sock (100 % wool; 402 m (440 yds) per 100 g) in 806 Impressionist Sky. Substitute any wool fingering weight yarn of comparable thickness for a similar result.
  •  Size 5 mm (US 8) / 80 cm (32 inches) circular needles
  • One extra pair size 5 mm (US 8) / 80 cm (32 inches) circular needles for grafting, for size L only
  • Size 6 mm (US 10) / 80 cm (32 inches) circular needles for cast-on only
  • Yarn needle
  • 21 stitch markers to use in between lace repeats (optional)
  • Waste yarn, approx. 1 m (1.1 yds), for size L only
  • Crochet hook in a size equivalent to the small size knitting needles (optional, for easy nupps)

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24 Jul

luule

Luule by La Visch Designs

Luule means “poetry” in Estonian. The Luule stole was designed for and dedicated to my mother, because she wanted to knit pretty lace. The delicate lace is based on traditional Estonian stitch patterns, which are knit on both right and wrong sides of the fabric and include nupps. Instructions for both traditional and easy nupps are included.

This shawl begins with a provisional cast on followed by a lovely leaf lace edging and border. After the provisional cast on has been undone, the center is filled with diamond lace. The top edge mirrors the bottom. The instructions for the shawl are provided both fully charted and written out.


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Size and finished measurements
One size – finished dimensions: 58 cm (23 inch) wide and 180 cm (71 inch) long, measured after blocking.

Difficulty
This stole starts with a provisional cast on and contains lace that is knit on both right and wrong sides of the fabric. Stitches used include knit, purl, k2tog, k3tog, skp, yo, p2tog, a centered double decrease (sl2-k1-p2sso), Estonian 3 into 3 gathered stitches and nupps.
This pattern is suitable for the advanced knitter.

Pattern details

  • Worked flat back and forth.
  • For the sample shawl measured after blocking: 19.2 sts / 24 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) over body in Diamonds pattern. Gauge is however not critical for this design, the lace will open up after blocking.
  • Pattern languages included: English and Dutch (Dit patroon omvat zowel een Nederlandse als een Engelse versie).
  • Digital PDF has 4 pages (A4 size).

Materials

  • Yarn: 800 m (875 yds) Garnstudio Drops Lace [70% alpaca, 30% silk; 400 m (438 yds) per 50 g]. Substitute any lace weight yarn of comparable thickness for a similar result
  • Knitting needles in your preferred style in size 3.5 mm (US #4).
  • Yarn needle
  • Waste yarn for provisional cast on
  • 11 stitch markers (optional)
  • Crochet hook in a size equivalent to the size of your knitting needles (optional, for easy nupps)

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05 May

tutorial: Estonian lace knitting – gathers

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

In a previous post I told you about nupps, that special textured stitch that originated in Estonia. Another distinguishing Estonian feature in lace knitting, is called a “gather”. These gathers are clearly visible in the photo pictured below.

© Olga Jamovidova

© Olga Jamovidova

This photo is from a very interesting website: New lace – Old traditions. On this website the authors focus on modern lace knitting in the Estonian tradition, building on and inspired by the famous Haapsalu shawls. Definitely a must-read for lovers of lace knitting, also due to the many free stitch patterns that can be found there.

What exactly are “gathers”?

Gathers are made by knitting a certain number of stitches together (“gathering” them), after which they are increased. The resulting number of stitches may be the same as the original number, for example, “2-in-2”, “3-in-3”, “5-in-5”, “7-in-7”, etc. It is however also possible to increase to a different number of stitches, the end up with more (or less) stitches. For example “5-in-7” or “3-in-5”. The result consists of small lacy textured buttons in the knitted fabric.

In this post I want to show you how to knit gathers.

Knitting gathers

In this example, I will be making “3 in 3” gathers on a surface of stockinette stitch. I’m using a relatively thick yarn, because it is easier to photograph than lace yarn.

A 3-in-3 gather is made by knitting 3 stitches together, then slipping the newly knitted stitch back to the left hand needle and knitting [ktbl 1, k1, ktbl 1] in the same stitch.

Gathers step by step
1. Knit 3 stitches together.

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

2. Slip the last knitted stitch back to the left hand needle.

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

3. Knit 1 stitch through the back loop, but do not slip the original stitch off the needle.

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

4. Knit one stitch (insert the needle as usual in the front loop), but again do not slip the original stitch off the needle.

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

5. Knit 1 stitch through the back loop and slip the original stitch off the needle to complete the stitch.

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

6. This looks something like this:

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

7. For this example, I knitted three 3-in-3 gathers in the same row:

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

8. And this is how it looks after I knitted 2 more rows in stockinette as well as another round with three 3-in-3 gathers:

Knitting Estonian gathers by La Visch Designs

Of course the gathers look very different on a stockinette base and with this thick wool than in lace weight yarn.

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02 Apr

tutorial: Estonian lace knitting – nupps

Knitting nupps

Maybe you are already familiar with them: Those funny little buttons that give beautiful lace shawls texture. Take for example the beautiful Luule shawl pictured below. A nupp (rhymes with “soup”) is a characteristic of lace as traditionally knit in Estonia.

by La Visch Designs

The special thing of Estonian lace knitting is that besides the openwork it also contains a lot of texture. As a result, in lace knitting in the Estonian tradition there are many stitches that you will probably encounter (almost) nowhere else.

History of lace knitting in Estonia

The tradition of knitting lace shawls in Estonia, began about 200 years ago in the city Haapsalu. From the early 18th century until about 1918 Haapsalu was a popular destination for Russian tourists. To benefit from this tourism the women of Haapsula started selling their knitted lace shawls.

The story goes that these shawls were sold by weight. And because nupps consume a lot of yarn, a pattern with many nupps increase the weight of the resulting shawl considerably. This is the reason that the characteristic Estonian lace patterns have been devised in such a way that they combine the so popular delicate appearance as well as many nupps.

In this post I want to show you how to knit nupps.

Knitting nupps step by step

Knitting nupps is actually a 2-step process: first stitches are increased and in the following wrong side row all these stitches are decreased back to 1 stitch by purling them all together.

1 . To start knit 1 stitch, leaving the original stitch on the left hand needle. Make sure to knit loosely.

Knitting nupps

2. Make a yarn over on the right hand needle.

Knitting nupps

3. Again knit 1 stitch loosely, leaving the original stitch on the left hand needle.

Knitting nupps

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 once more (for a five-stitch nupp), and then slip the original stitch of the left hand needle. You know have 5 stitches where there originally only was 1. The result will look something like this:

Knitting nupps

5. For this example, I set up several nupps in the same row:

Knitting nupps

6. On the following wrong side row the nupps will be completed. The clusters of five stitches look like this from the wrong side of the fabric:

Knitting nupps

7. Insert your needle in all five stitches at the same time to purl them together. This works best if you have made the new stitches for the nupps loosely and when using sharp knitting needles.

Knitting nupps

8. Once purled together it looks like this:

Knitting nupps

And this is how it looks on the right side of the work:

Knitting nupps
When knit in a thin yarn nupps will of course look very different from the ones in the worsted weight yarn I used for this tutorial. Depending on the effect you want to achieve you can make 5-stitch, 7-stitch or even 9-stitch nupps. Just repeat steps 2 and 3 as desired.

And don’t forget:

  • Knit loosely.
  • Use sharp needles.
  • Use a crochet hook to purl the nupps stitches together if you have to.
  • Don’t sweat it if they don’t turn out the way you want at first: it is only yarn!

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